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April 11th, 2017

Shaw Streets - April 2017

Shaw Main Streets Holds Annual Meeting

Shaw Main Streets held its annual meeting at the Marriott Marquis hotel the evening of March 21. Board Chair Gretchen Wharton and Executive Director Alexander Padro started the meeting by recounting the accomplishments of the organization over the past year.

The Congressional Chorus Celebrates Its 30th Season

A Note Above the Rest

While passing a cafeteria notice board in one of Capitol Hill’s House office buildings, Louise Buchanan noticed a call for vocalists. It was 1987, and most of the people she knew worked as staffers day in and day out on the Hill.

How Bowser Can Make the Most out of DC’s Upcoming Budget

The Numbers

As spring hits the District, there are plenty of things we can expect: more sunlight, warmer temperatures, and of course, tourists. And early Aprilwill also bring the release of Mayor Bowser's annual budget, which will help shape the District's spending priorities for the coming year.

Jodi Kwarciany is a policy analyst at the DC Fiscal Policy Institute (www.dcfpi.org). DCFPI promotes budget and policy solutions to reduce poverty and inequality in the District of Columbia, and to increase opportunities for residents to build a better future.

Ragtime Raises the Roof at Ford’s

With a mighty cast of 20 that feels at times as if it swells to 100, director Peter Flynn’s revival of “Ragtime” at Ford’s Theatre brings to life the pervasive exuberance, tension, and hope at the last century’s dawn. Perhaps unintentionally it also shows the stark contrast between common perceptions of bigotry, racial injustice, and economic inequality when the show premiered on Broadway 20 years ago, and today.

Barbara Wells is a writer and editor for Reingold, a social marketing communications firm. She and her husband live on Capitol Hill. 

April 10th

The City Takes on a Slumlord

AG and Mayor Join Forces Against Sanford

DC Attorney General Karl Racine and Mayor Muriel Bowser have become embroiled in an intense and heated battle with Sanford Capital and its subsidiaries Terrace Manor LLC and Oakmont Management Group LLC. This major landlord, headed by Aubrey Nowell Carter, has built its DC business renting to low-income residents. Its apartments are substandard and some even lack heating or air-conditioning. In others, inspections have uncovered sewage leaking from the ceiling while rodents scurried through holes in walls or doors.

The Mayor Joins the AG

jonetta rose barras is a DC-based freelance writer; she blogs at jonettarosebarras.com.

EnventU Opens Career Paths for DC’s Students

Collaboration with Ballou High School’s Hospitality Academy

Shanya Lesane thought she would give law a try as a career after she graduates from Ballou High School (3401 Fourth St. SE) in Ward 8. The 11th-grade student has several family members in the profession and it seemed like a reasonable choice.

Real Estate Matters

Insulation Science

I recently had the not awesome experience of staying in a hotel room with no soundproofing between the walls. Lying there, really wishing I had earplugs, I started to wonder if there’s a difference between soundproofing insulation and temperature-regulation insulation. And how do they put in insulation in a house that’s already built? Do they have to tear up the walls? How about floors? We know how Capitol Hill ground floors are freezing in winter. Can they shoot insulation into crawl spaces, or does that invite critters?

Heather Schoell is a Capitol Hill REALTOR with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty and can be reached at heathersdc@gmail.com, at the office at 202-608-1880, or by cell at 202-321-0874.

How Bowser Can Make the Most out of DC’s Upcoming Budget

The Numbers

As spring hits the District, there are plenty of things we can expect: more sunlight, warmer temperatures, and of course, tourists. And early Aprilwill also bring the release of Mayor Bowser's annual budget, which will help shape the District's spending priorities for the coming year.

Jodi Kwarciany is a policy analyst at the DC Fiscal Policy Institute (www.dcfpi.org). DCFPI promotes budget and policy solutions to reduce poverty and inequality in the District of Columbia, and to increase opportunities for residents to build a better future.